Back to my story:
Next, I wanted to write something a bit more epic. I decided to write an action-adventure tale. Nonetheless, not wanting to repeat my earlier mistake of writing an expensive period piece, I set it in modern
I was also pretty much out of useful ideas. By that I mean I had plenty of ideas for scripts but all films would have cost a bazillion dollars to make. If I hadn’t been such a writing junky, I would have called it a day. Just to keep my hand in, I wrote a couple of more short films and posted them in the internet. Nothing happened and I was frankly almost convinced that nothing ever would. I had been writing for two and a half years, had two short films made, had optioned two of the five feature scripts I had written at that point, and had a film based on a third script about half done. Unfortunately, I had also made a total of eighteen dollars from my writing during the same period. On one hand, I was a rousing success. Apparently, a lot of people liked my writing. On the other hand, after more than two years work, I had not made enough to even take my wife out for a good dinner. Then one day I got an email from a guy in Virginia who wanted to buy one of my shorts; he wanted to know how much. I told him one hundred dollars. I mean it only took me about three hours to write. He sent me a check. It wasn’t much, but somehow it gave me the encouragement to go on.
I looked around for another idea for a script. I looked in books, magazines, on the internet, everywhere . . . for the idea for a new script that would meet all the criteria I had established for making a sellable script. It needed to be set in modern times, not have too many characters, have no car chases or other expensive add-ons, be located more or less in one area, and it needed to be in a genre I had not yet used. I didn’t want to get stuck writing just one type of movie; doing that limits your market.
Then one day I found an article on the net that gave me an idea for a courtroom drama/thriller. Since I had been an attorney in my past life, I knew a lot about
I’m still writing. The last lesson learned: Don’t give up.
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